The Village of Newark has been recognized as a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA.
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in January 2021, the second phase of the Clean Energy Communities initiative, the $17 million CEC Leadership Round supports and recognizes local government leaders across the state by providing grants to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. Achievements by Clean Energy Communities help support Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading climate and clean energy goals as outlined under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
“We are pleased that the Village has been designated as a Clean Energy Community. This designation helps our community in its long-term vision for revitalization. The Village Board is committed to working toward the goal of completing other high-impact clean energy projects and seeking additional funding from this program,” Mayor Jonathan Taylor said.
The Village of Newark received the designation for completing four high-impact clean energy actions identified by NYSERDA as part of the Clean Energy Communities initiative. To date, the Village of Newark has completed the following high-impact actions:
> Benchmarking – Adopted a policy to report the energy use of the Village’s municipal buildings
> LED Street Lights – Converted street lights to energy efficient LED technology
> Unified Solar Permit – Streamlined the approvals process for solar
> Energy Code Enforcement Training – Trained compliance officers in energy code best practices
“Congratulations to the Village of Newark on their designation and for establishing a strong foundation for a clean energy future that will help deliver long-term energy savings while shrinking their carbon footprint. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is providing communities with multiple resources and tools to help them meet our state’s climate and clean energy goals and we’re proud to have the Village join us in this effort,” Doreen M. Harris, Acting President and CEO of NYSERDA added.
Communities that complete at least four NYSERDA-identified high-impact actions are designated Clean Energy Communities and are eligible for a Designation Grant of $5,000. This grant is just one of the many exciting grant opportunities offered through the Clean Energy Communities Leadership Round.
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